Any Hardcore VSS Users Out There?

Over the last few months, I've been looking at the Visual SourceSafe
command line documentation. It's a wonderful little cabinet of knowledge, a true
Wunderkammer of the sort that can swallow a technical writer whole and bore
even the most interested reader to sleep. As I contemplate rewriting some areas
of the documentation and bulwarking others with more useful examples and cogent
explanations, I realize that I'm not exactly sure who my readers are
or what their questions might be. If you have ever used VSS commands,
from a command prompt or in a script, I'd love to hear from you, especially
if you've read the docs and have opinions about what works and could be made to
work better. 

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Comments (3)

  1. Lance Hunt says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only VSS nut around town. 🙂

    I would love to compare notes with you sometime on VSS development. For numerous years, I have dabbled as a VSS Administrator, VSS command-line scriptor, and most recently involved in writing a .NET wrapper for VSS using interop. (to provide a web-based interface like on GDN Workspaces).

    Keep the articles coming….I think there is alot of interest in this area, even if MS replaces VSS6.0 next year…


  2. Robert Cullen says:


    I’m a typical VSS user and I don’t know if this post is valid for the thread but I’ll let you decide. I’ve been asked to find a way to log the activity of users in VSS over the period of a day/week/month. We’re trying to determine how many licenses we will need to acquire for a new enterprise project the company is starting. Is there a standard script for accomplishing this?


  3. Gordon Robertson says:

    Here’s one for you. I’m in the middle of writing some source safe scripts to automate some of our development practices. The on-line docs for the -I- switch state – "Do not ask for input under any circumstances". I’ve found at least two cases where this isn’t true – if I pass an invalid userid/password (-Y) then it halts and prompts me for a password. Also if I use -R, it often asks me if I want to set the working folder. I’d much rather that it quit with an error message when I use -I- that paused the whole batch file, but at the very least the docs shouldn’t use the phrase "any circumstances".


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